ERIC Number: ED049463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan-31
Reference Count: 0
Specifications for the Design of a Test of Knowledge of Foreign Cultural Patterns. Final Report.
The point is made that, though foreign language teachers often have among their goals the knowledge by students of the unique patterns of thought, behavior and attitudes that characterize members of a target culture, there have been few systematic attempts to evaluate these outcomes. A general design for such a test is suggested, including three classes of items. Class A items are designed to measure the student's knowledge of how to conduct oneself in a variety of everyday situations common to the target culture; Class B items probe the student's understanding of general patterns of social interaction that are common to many specific situations; and Class C items test how successfully the student can adopt temporarily the world-view of the target culture. In general, the student must first identify the ways in which target-culture norms are being violated in a recorded episode, then describe alternate moves which would correct these violations. (Author/AMM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Institute of International Studies (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.